Past Initiatives

Past Initiatives

Clearing Barriers for Survivors of Human Trafficking

Georgia Appleseed, along with our pro-bono volunteers and in cooperation with the many committed advocacy organizations seeking to end human trafficking, will work to expand the scope of the Safe Harbor defense for future victims and for the enactment of provisions that would allow more previously convicted survivors to have access to the record of these charges restricted.

Due Process for Forensic Patients

The "forensic units" of several of Georgia's state hospitals house individuals who have been accused of a crime but who have been determined to be nonrestorably incompetent to stand trial. In partnership with Atlanta Legal Aid, this project focuses on whether these persons are being maintained in state custody in accordance with constitutional and statutory requirements.

Erasing the Opportunity Gap

Educational resources may be inequitably allocated among schools within a school district often as a result of inattention. This initiative seeks to highlight both this potential challenge and the availability of a tool that will allow school officials, parent s and others to assess whether the education resource “playing field” is level for all students in the district.

Heirs Property

With leadership from its Young Professionals Council, Georgia Appleseed brought statewide attention to Heirs Property, alerting lawmakers, public officials, and practitioners that this unstable form of landownership is a critical obstacle to economic security for families and communities throughout the state. From 2008 through 2016, Georgia Appleseed facilitated research and advocacy that resulted in legislative change and a direct services strategy to address the inequities associated with Heirs Property in Georgia and beyond. IMPORTANT NOTICE: Those interested in receiving direct legal services from the Georgia Heirs Property Law Center, which is now a separate entity, please visit

Imposition of Court Fees and Costs on Indigent Defendants

Relatively minor violations of criminal and traffic laws can result in court-imposed fines along with associated fees and costs. Indigent defendants who are unable to pay amounts due can find themselves in a devastating spiral of potential incarceration and job loss. This initiative examines the extent to which these circumstances arise in Georgia and how they can be avoided.

Incapacitated Elders

Georgia Appleseed is working with the probate courts in Georgia to assess the effectiveness of a state law designed to create temporary medical guardians to assist incapacitated elders, who have outlived relatives and close friends, to make key medical and end of life decisions.

JUSTGeorgia: Building Justice and Safety For Children

JUSTGeorgia is a partnership of Georgia Appleseed and two other major child advocacy groups. It is now focused on assisting in the effective implementation of the revised Georgia Juvenile Code, which became effective on January 1, 2014 following lengthy advocacy by the JUSTGeorgia partnership.

Juvenile Code Assessment Project

In the spring of 2017, the Juvenile Code Assessment Project was launched, relying upon volunteer attorneys, who were trained on the new Georgia Juvenile Code. The ultimate goal was to learn from stakeholders their insights about the code’s impact in the three years since it had been implemented.

Model Student Code of Conduct

Georgia Appleseed seeks to initiate a review and revision of the state model student code of conduct to assure that it is aligned with current best practices with regard to student discipline and is consistent with Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS).

Savannah: Cuyler-Brownsville Neighborhood

Georgia Appleseed, a sub-grantee of Atlanta Legal Aid funding, works on community revitalization efforts in a specific area in Savannah, GA called Cuyler-Brownsville.